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Community â€“ Dandelion Foods officially opened its doors for the first time on Jan. 11. Located at 451 Ottawa Street in Almonte, this new full-service health food store sells organic, locally-produced or dietary specific foods like gluten-free products. From left: Meg Pettipas, Christa Lowry, Farhat SuHana and Sharon Lazette show off some of the produce offered at the location.
Carleton Place Mayor Wendy LeBlanc looks back on 2013. â€” Pages A/CP1 & A/CP7
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News â€“ Carleton Place Coun. Louis Antonakos has resigned from the board of Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH). Mayor Wendy LeBlanc confirmed the departure to the Canadian Gazette Jan. 13, during a break in councilâ€™s regular meeting. CPDMH is governed by a board of trustees appointed by the members of the hospital corporation in accordance with the bylaws of the hospital. The panel is comprised of 12 elected members, three corporate ex-officio members and four municipal ex-officio members. Antonakos was a municipal ex-officio member, Carleton Placeâ€™s council representative. On Jan. 14 a motion to appoint Coun. Rob Probert to the CPDMH board was carried 5-2 in a recorded vote. Just before LeBlanc called the vote, Antonakos made a brief comment in regards to the townâ€™s choice of hospital representative. â€œThis item is a very important discussion going forward,â€? he said. â€œI believe it should be the mayor on this committee, in no disrespect to
councillor Probert.â€? As a result, he would not support the motion. â€œI would like to go along with that as well,â€? deputy mayor Ed Sonnenburg commented. â€œThere are rumours and concerns being expressed in our community and it behooves us to ensure the mayor or the highest person on council is the one sitting at the table.â€? The mayor said a member of
council has traditionally sat on the hospital board. â€œThe mayor sits on the redevelopment committee,â€? LeBlanc continued. â€œThe hospital board does not speak for a board member when they resign,â€? CPDMH chief executive officer Toni Surko said in an email on Jan. 15. â€œWe respect councillor Antonakosâ€™ decision and thank him for his valuable contribution.â€?
CPDMH board members bring a wide range of skills and experience to their leadership role. â€œWe appreciate the support of the council of Carleton Place and look forward to working with Robert Probert,â€? Surko said. At present, CPDMH is awaiting news from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOH) relating to ap-
proval of its redevelopment project. â€œWe are in regular contact with the MOH regarding our proposal,â€? Surko said. â€œOur project is alive and waiting for approval.â€? Last October, Carleton Place council unanimously reaffirmed its support for the local hospitalâ€™s redevelopment project as itâ€™s been presented to the MOH.
Jones officially named to Canadian Olympic team News â€“ Cross Country Canada announced Jan. 14 the men and women officially nominated onto the Sochi 2014 Canadian Olympic Cross Country Skiing team. Six men (Alex Harvey, Devon Kershaw, Ivan Babikov, Graeme Killick, Jesse Cockney and Lenny Valjas) and five women (Almonteâ€™s own Perianne Jones, Chandra Crawford, Daria Gaiazova, Heidi Widmer and Emily Nishikawa), were nominated during an announcement at Altadore School in Calgary. Canada is set to send one of its most talented teams of cross-country skiers to the start line with a focus on contributing to the nationâ€™s medal count
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CCHL hosts Hockey Day showcase in Carleton Place Feb. 8 Fundraiser features all 12 teams, brings youth mental health awareness to forefront Sports – The Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) will host its inaugural “Hockey Day” on Saturday, Feb. 8, a chance to showcase all 12 Junior A hockey teams in one day at one venue. This year Carleton Place was awarded the event which will take place at the Neelin Street Community Centre (75 Neelin Street). The day will feature six league games played at the facility’s two rinks. The first matchup starts at 10 a.m. The games will run throughout the afternoon. The Brockville Braves will faceoff against the Kanata Stallions in that opening contest. The Smiths Falls Bears take on the Gloucester Rangers at 10:30; it’s Pembroke versus Kemptville 73’s at 12:30 p.m.; Nepean faces Cornwall at 1 p.m.; Cumberland takes on host Carleton Place Canadians at 3 p.m. The puck drops on the final game of the day – Ottawa Jr. Senators and Hawkesbury Hawks – at 3:30 p.m. In a press release, the CCHL notes it is thrilled to be aligned with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and the Binghamton Senators. Each “Hockey Day” ticket purchased for $20 will enable hockey fans to see six junior hockey games as well as the Binghamton Senators/Hamilton Bulldogs AHL game 7:30 p.m. that night at the Canadian Tire Centre. “We’re very excited to host this event, the fact that we can showcase our talent on the ice and also bring more exposure to the issue of youth
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New sexual health clinic opens in Carleton Place Feb. 6 Without proper treatment, chlamydia can lead to severe infection of the reproductive organs and possibly infertility. Testing is easy. It’s a simple urine test and can be done at your health care provider’s office or at any of the health unit’s clinics. Treatment at the clinic is free and now closer and easier to access for those living in Carleton Place and Beckwith. “Increasing accessibility to our services is a continued commitment for the health unit to help us reach clients for whom transportation is a barrier,” says Susan LaBrie, public health nurse with the health unit. “We are happy to provide space to the health unit so these important services can be made available to our clients as well as all local residents,” says Meghan LinkLepine, executive director with Carleton Place and District CORE Youth Services. There are also clinics available in Almonte, Perth, Smiths Falls, Kemptville, Brockville and Gananoque. Visit www.areyousafe.ca for more information about clinic times, locations and the free/low-cost services available. You can also ‘like’ the health unit on Facebook for important updates. If you do not have access to the Internet or a computer, call the Health Action Line at 1-800-660-5853 or 613-3455685 to speak with a public health nurse.
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Community – Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Lanark County and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville were thrilled to be the joint beneficiaries of the St. Lawrence District Masonic Charitable Project for 2013. All of the masonic lodges in the district worked together to raise almost $20,000 to be divided between the two agencies so that more children would be able to benefit from having a mentor. We are incredibly grateful for the St. Lawrence District Masons choosing to invest in the lives of local children through mentoring. Above, from left: Richard Bennett (Mason), Beth Sinclair (BBBS of Lanark County’s resource development manager), Lindsay Butcher (BBBS of Leeds and Grenville’s director for strategic initiatives), and Andrew Graham (Mason).
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